A granddad who attempted to recruit a hitman to ‘take-out’ his son-in-law and dump his body in a river has been jailed for six years.
Michael Butler, 45, offered a friend £500 to seriously harm Ross Attwood – and the increased the offer to £2,000 to make him ‘disappear’.
He told Peter Vincent he wanted Mr Attwood ‘taken out’ or given such a bad beating ‘he was no longer a pretty boy’.
Butler instructed Peter to make Ross ‘disappear into the River Medway permanently’, because he was allegedly preventing him from seeing his grandchild.
But Butler was caught after Peter recorded the interview and immediately alerted police.
The court heard Butler told Mr Vincent: ‘I’ve got a problem and it needs to be dealt with’ and gave him a photograph of his target along with his address.
In the recording he could be heard saying he would pay anything from ‘a monkey’ to harm Ross and between £1,000 and £2,000 if he was able to make him disappear.
Mr Vincent could then be heard saying: ‘What do you want me to do?’
Butler replied: ‘I want him out of the picture permanently. ‘
Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said that two years ago Ross was in a relationship with Butler’s step-daughter.
He added: ‘He wanted Mr Attwood completely disappeared because he hated him with a passion.
‘He said he wanted Ross gone and suggested Peter Vincent put him a river.
‘Butler said at the very least he wanted Ross battered so much he would be in intensive care.’
Butler, from Chatham, Kent, was convicted of attempting carry out murder or cause grievous bodily harm to his victim by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court after a trial earlier this month.
As he jailed him Judge Williams told Butler: ‘You have shown no remorse.’